Artful Dodge

Artful Dodge


Target creature is unblockable this turn.

Flashback U (You may cast this card from your graveyard for its flashback cost. Then exile it.)

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Artful Dodge Discussion

denijsx90 on U / B Mill ( Pls help :) )

1 day ago

Looks pretty good actually. I'd put in a few more control cards..

But definitely some draw cards. Thought Scour or Visions of Beyond are good choices.

Hedron Crab could be handled better. I recommend Polluted Delta, Evolving Wilds, Dimir Aqueduct, or some Oboro, Palace in the Clouds. These will let you make 'landfall' every turn or even DOUBLE 'landfall'!

Traumatize is stupid. If you've been milling them right, then by turn 5 they don't have much of a deck left to cut in half. At that point Jace, Memory Adept is more powerful.

If you're feeling fancy Mindcrank can make your attacks turn into mill.. It's not super efficient but when combined with Duskmantle Guildmage you get an infinite mill/kill combo. Duskmantle Guildmage + Jace, Memory Adept is another instant kill.. Sure you've gotta spend six mana but who cares?

You can save a little deck space by replacing Artful Dodge with Rogue's Passage? I'm actually a big fan of Essence Harvest. Heals you, you still get to attack, and it deals direct damage. It's a sexy card.

I'm a huge fan of mill so please check out my deck Arkham as well as my many other mill decks

troutonland on Blue White Control

1 day ago

Some stuff you could do:

  • replace Forbidden Alchemy with Frantic Search. Both cost the same to cast but frantic search gives you more control over what you dump in the graveyard(the 2 cards discarded can come from what you had in your hand) and also lets you untap 3 lands effectively refunding the card's cost.
  • replace Invisibility with Artful Dodge. Both are used to prevent your creature from being blocked but I think Artful Dodge will be more useful in your deck because it has flashback; it is not completely wasted if it is discarded by Splinterfright and gives more flexibility(you could make 2 creatures unblockable for a turn or discard it when forced to discard cards in a situation where you do not wish to)
  • remove Hex Parasite. The only card in your deck that meshes with Hex Parasite is Chasm Skulker making Hex Parasite useless. Unless you have a Chasm Skulker played Hex Parasite's ability would only be useful if the opponent has permanents with that use counters. If you do have a Chasm Skulker and use Hex Parasite's ability Chasm Skulker will loose its tokens and become cannon fodder instead of creating an army of islandwalking tokens.
  • replace Dissipate with Counterspell or Mana Leak. Unless you are fighting against a deck full of flashback you are just paying one more mana for nothing.
  • replace Hydrosurge with Unsummon or more counterspells. The ability to just bounce a creature is always nice to have and removes the need to meddle with a creature's attack
  • reconsider Restock
  • check if you actually need all that artifact/enchantment destructio

  • Some other cards that would fit well into this deck:

  • Ghoultree
  • Sakura-Tribe Elder - gets land and can block-sac
  • Fauna Shaman - do not use if your deck only has 12 creatures in it. Would not be worth it.
  • Bonehoard
  • Thassa, God of the Sea
  • Wreath of Geists
  • MrQuagsire on Ninjaaaa

    1 week ago

    If you're going to run Distortion Strike, Artful Dodge, AND Aphotic Wisps, you should maybe cut some of the already unblockable creatures. also, Mana Confluence is questionable even in standard.

    WicKid52 on Izzet aggro (Izzet possible?)

    1 week ago

    this deck is still far too dependent on spells. Delver of Secrets  Flip, unoriginal as that may sound, is a POWERHOUSE. you don't need Artful Dodge when you have Distortion Strike, and Spell Snare doesn't counter the two best removal spells in modern, Path to Exile and Lightning Bolt. I kinda like Mana Leak.

    Wic_Uber on Spellslinger Chimera

    1 week ago

    Thanks Ralloc, I missed Artful Dodge. With two swings I normally win, and Dodge is perfect for that. I think I will take out Trumpet Blast, I'm not sure why I have that in.

    Ralloc on Spellslinger Chimera

    1 week ago

    This looks like it would be a lot of fun to play! I keep meaning to make a pauper EDH deck, just haven't settled on a commander. A couple suggestions I would make for this, though, would be Artful Dodge and Firefright Mage just to add some ways to easily get your damage through. You might also look into adding Archaeomancer/Izzet Chronarch/Mnemonic Wall, though I know you probably don't want to thin out your instant/sorcery count too much

    kiy251 on Pauper Delver Fiend

    2 weeks ago

    Similar thing stands, if you block with a creature then the creature is removed after it's declared as a blocker then the creature it is blocked will still be blocked and not deal any combat damage to the player unless they have trample.

    Totally agree with you on the Distortion Strike vs Artful Dodge.

    Personally I rather Spell Pierce as you're trying to win rather quickly so the 2 mana typically won't be open for the opponent, although the meta is shifting more to U/R delver and the Jeskai Ascendancy combo still seems to be semi-popular, spell pierce hits the Ascendancy but Dispel is better in counter wars to ensure your stuff sticks but it is no better than Spell Pierce during the first 2-3 turns. I'm still unsure of where I'm sitting on this.

    Ponder is one of my favourite magic cards, I think it's just too good.

    Affinity was the first Pauper deck I properly looked into after a guy at my local called "Stan" was running it and started wrecking folk, it's pretty good and damn fun, identically you dump artifact lands then cast free affinity creatures followed by either turning them all right or Atog + Fling

    You can also cast Kiln Fiend, Rift Bolt then when you untap and Kiln Fiend isn't summoning sick you can swing and get a free +3/0 all thanks the the last turns rift bolt, same kinda thing with distortion strike.

    Abubroki on Pauper Delver Fiend

    2 weeks ago

    Hhmm, I thought you could cast instants in response to declaring blockers but guess I was thinking of removal, not unblockability. Oh well, I will have to cast them as de facto sorceries...

    Yeah, I don't see either Teetering Peaks (the fiend and the cyclops would not get their +3 boost) or Terramorphic Expanse (deck thinning effects are proven to be negligible in aggro decks focusing on the first turns)... and the cycling lands are likely never to be used to cycle as my current mana base is so tight... maybe some land giving 2 colorless mana?

    Funny I forgot about Mutagenic Growth and Titan's Strength given that I have a Modern Infect deck and a Standard Red Deck Wins! I think Brute Force might be better as the deck already packs a lot of library manipulation and the Titan does not boost toughness as much. As for Mutagenic, I can't see what to take out to squeeze it, but a +5/+2 for free is nice... same goes for Needle Drop, but I agree it is interesting...

    I prefer Distortion Strike to Artful Dodge, it has extra +1/0 and free rebound... (this also comes back from Infect).

    Spell Pierce vs Dispel is a tough call, again also present in Infect... I shall playtest both extensively.

    Fireblast is imo too risky outside mono-red...

    Chain Lightning OK, I just included it shortly before our comments.

    Tormenting Voice seems worse imo than Treasure Cruise (nearly an Ancestral Recall midgame, with so many 1-drop sorceries and instants), and Faithless Looting is to consider, but for now I prefer Ponder and Preordain, and I also own 2x Brainstorm I should playtest (although for me the best effect of Brainstorm is shuffling via cracking a fetchland or similar...)

    Great card discussion! thanks! Price

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    Color(s) Blue
    Cost U
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    Format Legality
    Legacy Legal
    Vintage Legal
    Commander / EDH Legal
    Modern Legal
    Duel Commander Legal
    Pauper Legal

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    Set Rarity
    Dark Ascension Common


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